Applications to pay for exemption from Turkey’s mandatory military service were far below what was expected and may bring in less than a 10th of the income the Finance Ministry estimated, the Milliyet newspaper reported.
Some 22,500 people have applied to pay for the exemption under a law that was ratified in December, out of a pool of 460,000 potential applicants, the Istanbul-based newspaper reported. The measure will bring in at most 1.2 billion liras ($670 million) should applications continue at this pace, compared with the 13 billion liras officials expected, Milliyet said.
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